Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs

PA 201 Introduction to Health Policy in the United States (*)

Instructor(s):

Offers an introduction to health policy in the United States. Examines the ways in which government plays a role in the provision and regulation of health care. Explores key aspects of health policy including the economics of health care (e.g., paying for and access to health care; the health care workforce; the role of markets and consequences of market/government failures, public policy that supports or promotes health; health care outcomes, quality, and disparities; and tools for evaluation) and special topics of interest such as policy addressing risky health behaviors, aging, mental health, and the Affordable Care Act. Think critically about public and private health issues using the policy analysis process, including policy interventions and their justifications, and gain skills in articulating and communicating policy positions.

Spring 2021 Syllabus

Key:

(*) = Routinely Offered

(**) = Commonly Offered (very likely to be offered in the next one to three years)